State funeral for 'tireless' Sol Bellear

Hannah Higgins

Aboriginal rights and welfare advocate Sol Bellear, who fought for equality his entire life, is to be farewelled with a state funeral in Sydney.

The chairman of the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern passed away on Wednesday.

Bellear was also the founding chairman of the Aboriginal Legal Service, a member of an Aboriginal delegation to the UN General Assembly and was awarded an Order of Australia for his services to the Aboriginal community.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Bundjalung man had left behind a legacy of tireless activism.

"Sol was one of Australia's greatest Aboriginal leaders," she said in a statement on Monday.

"He dedicated his whole life and energy to Aboriginal land rights and welfare, fighting for equality and improving the lives of future generations, and for that, we are very grateful to him."